06/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2019 05:03
Control Your Dog on Farmland campaign continues to tackle blight of livestock worrying
Dog owners across Scotland are being encouraged by NFU Scotland to 'take the pledge' to be responsible when walking their pets on farmland.
This week, as thousands of people descend on the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh, the Union will be engaging with as many pet owners as possible, handing out free poo bags and posters. As part of this, the Union will be asking people to sign a pledge board and publicise on social media that they have committed to being responsible when walking on farmland as part of its popular 12-month Control Your Dog on Farmland campaign.
In addition to this, there will be the chance to take a selfie with our Ambassa-dog, with a competition to win prizes throughout the four days.
The key messages of the campaign, which has seen various local initiatives and wide-spread support, are aimed at farmers and dog owners and include:
In early December, NFU Scotland surveyed farmers, crofters and landowners about the issues they have with irresponsible access, either through livestock worrying by dogs, or the impacts of owners failing to pick up after their pets on or near farmland.
The survey had more than 340 responses, which showed that:
'By taking the pledge, dog owners can show their support to our campaign and help us spread the word about taking responsibility to control their dog when walking on farmland - whether they live, work or visit the countryside throughout the year.
'Attacks on livestock are happening all too often and we need the support of local dog owners to help prevent this. You think your dog is 'just playing' with the sheep but that could change in an instant and you will have no way to stop the dog when it starts to attack.
'Please come by NFU Scotland's stand 169 at Avenue 7, opposite the main ring, at the Royal Highland Show to sign the board and promote this on social media. By taking this pledge you can help us to reduce the blight that irresponsible dog owners are having on Scotland's countryside.' Ends
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